Annual celebrations are underway at Strode’s College and Windsor College, part of the Windsor Forest College’s Group, where students achieved another year of excellent A Level results. Strode’s broke all records with an impressive 99% A level pass rate, while Windsor maintained its strong performance with a 93% overall pass rate. Both colleges performed outstandingly by achieving a flawless 100% in their BTEC Courses.

High grades were in abundance at Strode’s College with an impressive 68% achieving A*-C and 100% pass rate in over 80% of all A level subjects offered, exceeding national benchmarks.

Strode’s student Willow Roles has secured her place at the University of Oxford to read Biochemistry by achieving A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Maths. Joshua Passey achieved a clean sweep of four A*s in Chemistry, Further Maths, Maths and his Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and is going on to study Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath. Other stars in the A grade cohort include Eve Byrne, Thomas Ludlow, Oliver Sears, Rebecca Frymann and Krashna Bhagalia who all achieved three or more A*s and A grades.

Rowan Cookson, Principal of both Strode’s and Windsor Colleges said: “We are thrilled with these record-breaking results and are so proud of our students who have achieved first class grades. Such consistently high results across our extensive A level offer is testament to the exceptionally high standards of teaching and personal support that is the hallmark of our sixth form.”

She continued: “We are equally proud of our Level 3 BTEC results. Students achieved an outstanding 100% pass rate across the board with 79% achieving the best possible grades of Distinction* and Distinction (D*D).

Windsor College was also celebrating some exceptional results with a high number of students achieving straight As and 56% gaining A*-C grades. Top performing student Daanial Ahmed is taking his A*AA in Maths, Chemistry and Economics to the Russell Group University of Bristol to study Computer Science while Andre Naroozi who achieved AAA in Biology, Chemistry and Maths is heading for a career in dentistry. Maria Avesta is also going on to study dentistry at the University of Plymouth after gaining AAB in Chemistry, Biology and Maths.

At Windsor, 13 subjects achieved 100% pass rate exceeding national benchmarks. Drama and Theatre Studies and Spanish saw 100% achieving A*-C and 91% achieved A*-C in English Language.

Group Principal and CEO of the Windsor Forest Colleges Group, Kate Webb commented on the performance of both colleges: “This is the start of something wonderful. A new specialist 6th Form across two colleges offering the perfect combination of exceptional teaching and individual support.

“This is our first set of A level results since the colleges merged in 2017. We are delighted with the high standards achieved at both colleges and how this sets the tone for academic standards across our sixth form moving forward. We are conscious we are entering a new era of post-18 education, where university, higher apprenticeships or even employer training programmes offer a very different landscape. We have adapted our curriculum to enable students to follow the gold standard A Level pathway or develop the advanced technical skills of BTECs. Where we are different, is we also allow them to combine both A Levels and BTECs, providing the widest choice and opportunity.”

Strode’s and Windsor Colleges are part of the Windsor Forest Colleges Group which also includes Langley College in Slough.

For those getting their GCSE results on 23 August, the Colleges will be open 9.00am to 5.00pm (Friday 4.30pm) with staff on hand for advice and late applications for their A level and BTEC courses.

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With the government announcing new funding for low paid earners, many adult courses offered by the Windsor Forest Colleges Group will now be free. Anyone earning less than £20,000 who is not already eligible for free funding, can now receive full funding on a wide range of courses at Langley, Strode’s or Windsor Colleges, starting in September 2018.

Chief Executive and Group Principal Kate Webb welcomed the announcement commenting: “This is a great opportunity for those who want to improve their English with one of our ESOL courses, learn a new skill to either develop their career or re-train for a completely new direction. This new government funding will take the worry out of having to finance courses as many offered at our colleges will now be free. Anyone keen to take advantage of the funding needs to move quickly as this is a year’s trial by the government for courses starting from September.”

She continued: “We already offer a number of courses that are completely free for adults who are unemployed or claiming a range of benefits. This is the first time the government has acknowledged that people on a low wage should also be entitled to free education and training. This will improve the career and employment opportunities for many in our community.”

Eligible courses range from the technical such as Level 1 and 2 Construction, Hair and Beauty and Motor Vehicle through to the professional including Accountancy, Business, Hospitality and Travel and Tourism.

This initiative will also be welcomed by employers who can now utilise this funding to help upskill their staff who may be employed at entry level who are keen to progress.

The government funding is aimed at people earning less than £15,736.50 annual gross salary, based on the Social Mobility Commission’s low pay threshold. However Windsor Forest Colleges Group has acknowledged that the low pay threshold in outer London would be higher and has therefore increased its level to those earning £20,000 or less.

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The newly formed Windsor Forest College’s Group will be launching a new Sixth Form programme at Strode’s and Windsor Colleges forthcoming open days on Thursday 28 June, 4-6pm (Windsor) and Thursday 5 July 5-8pm (Strode’s). The two Colleges bring together academic expertise, outstanding resources and facilities and the largest A Level and BTEC curriculum in the area.

“At 16 students are ready for a fresh start, often keen to go somewhere new and different for the next stage of their education. We find that those who choose college over staying at school are students who are looking for more independence while bridging the gap to university but still within a supportive and caring environment – the best of both worlds” commented Kate Webb, Group Principal and Chief Executive of the Windsor Forest Colleges Group.

And that’s not the only way you get the best of both worlds at Strode’s and Windsor Colleges. Students looking to study both A Level and BTEC qualifications can do so with the Colleges’ Mix and Match option which enables students to build a tailored study programme best suited to their career ambitions.

It’s not just course choice and teaching excellence which the newly merged colleges offer students. Rowan Cookson, Principal at Strode’s College said: “We believe that the richer your time at college the better prepared you are for life after Strode’s or Windsor. Students can immerse themselves in a range of activities all designed to enhance their sixth form experience - from our very active Student Union which is the voice of students on both campuses to an exciting sports programme at Strode’s with teams competing at national and local level.”

Find out more at the Open Days on 28th June (Windsor College) and 5th July (Strode's College). Speak to the expert lecturing team, meet current students, and explore the facilities. For more information on the full range of courses offered at both Strode’s and Windsor visit sixthform.windsor-forest.ac.uk.

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Students on the Evolve programme (formerly Personal Options) at Windsor College have helped provide an extra special gift for homeless people in the Windsor area this winter.

In the spirit of the season, the students and staff held a Charity Winter Fair at the College in St Leonards Road on Wednesday (7th December). Raising £280 for local charity The Windsor Homeless Project, which provides food, friendship and support for homeless people, the fair included a variety of stalls, games and a raffle as well as selling delicious cakes kindly donated by The Handmade Cake Company.

Lecturer Liz Wheeler, explains: “Every year the students on our Evolve programme, who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities, organise events to raise money for charity as part of their course. As well as supporting a worthy cause, the events also help the students to develop their literacy, numeracy and communication skills.”

Windsor College’s Evolve programme (formerly known as Personal Options) is an entry-level course for people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. For more information on the College's Evolve programme and foundation learning courses, please click here or call 01753 793000.

The Windsor Homeless Project is a registered charity that provides a lifeline for homeless people in and around Windsor, offering food, washing facilities, friendship and support with health, housing and employment. For more information on the charity, visit www.windsorhomelessproject.org

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